An African Journey

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26

Days

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For this tour you will need to book your international flights to arrive in Johannesburg and depart from Cape Town

ZAR 106 155,00

Per Person Sharing / Single Supplement Applies

Price excludes international flights

Your tour highlights:


  • Pretoria City Tour

  • Kruger National Park

  • Panorama Route

  • eSwatini (Swaziland)

  • Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park

  • Shakaland

  • The Battle of Blood River

  • Battlefields Tour - Isandlwana & Rorke`s Drift

  • Lesotho - Sani Pass 4 X 4 Tour

  • Giants Castle Game Reserve

  • Golden Gate Highlands National Park

  • Camdeboo National Park

  • Cango Caves

  • Garden Route

  • Tsitsikamma National Park

  • Featherbed Nature Reserve

  • Hermanus

  • Cape Town

  • Peninsula Tour

  • Boulders - African Penguins

  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

  • Winelands Tour

Accommodation

destinations on route:


  • 1 Night - Johannesburg

  • 3 Nights - Hazyview

  • 2 Nights - Hluhluwe

  • 1 Night - Eshowe

  • 2 Nights - Dundee

  • 2 Nights - Underberg

  • 2 Nights - Giants Castle

  • 1 Night - Golden Gate National Park

  • 1 Night - Gariep

  • 1 Night - Graaff-Reinet

  • 2 Nights - Oudtshoorn

  • 2 Nights - Knysna

  • 4 Nights - Cape Town

Included:


  • “Meet & Greet” on arrival at the airport

  • Tourism levies, taxes, fees & service charges

  • 3 to 5 Star accommodations: 24 Nights

  • 48 Meals: 24 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches & 16 Dinners

  • Porterage at airports & hotels

  • All local transfers & transport

  • Professional English-speaking guide

  • Conservation & entrance fees per itinerary

Day 1:


Depart for South Africa on an overnight flight to arrive the next morning. If this is not convenient or you can get a better deal, if you book an earlier flight, then please let us know and we will plan accordingly.


Day 2:


Your guide will meet you upon your morning arrival in Johannesburg at O R Tambo International Airport. From here we depart on a short city tour of Pretoria one of South Africa’s 3 capital cities that was previously the capital of the Old Transvaal Republic. Pretoria is also known as the Jacaranda Capital as there are over 55 000 Jacaranda trees lining the streets. Even though these exotic trees originate from Argentina it is still a spectacular sight to behold when the purple flowers are in full bloom during the months of October and November. The city tour includes a stop at the Union Buildings, where there is a magnificent 9 meter tall bronze plated statue of Mr. Nelson Mandela, as it was here where his body lay in state for three days after his death on 5 December 2013. We then drive via the city centre to Church Square and Paul Kruger House, where this modest man lived whilst serving as President of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (South African Republic), also known as the Transvaal Republic. We then stop at the impressive and symbolic Voortrekker Monument with its inner walls lined with murals that depict the story of the “Voortrekkers” pioneers and their Great Trek. The monument is surrounded by beautiful indigenous gardens and nature reserve. You can also get a bite to eat at the monument café. Afternoon check-in at a charming lodge found on the East Rand. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening with fellow travellers and your local accredited guide who will also be the tour manager.


Accommodation:  Kempton Park - Johannesburg

Meals:  Dinner


Day 3:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning, we depart for the province of Mpumalanga meaning the “pulling of the sun” or “the land where the sun rises”, also known as “Paradise Country”. Travel over the scenic Long Tom Pass, which is one of the highest paved roads in South Africa. On this pass we summit the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains at 2150 meters (7053 feet), before dramatically descending into the Lowveld which averages about 300 meters (98o feet) above sea level. The pass was named after the Long Tom Guns. There is a replica of one of these Boer guns that marks the spot where the last of the guns were fired in action against the advancing British army during the Anglo-Boer War, which is also known today as the South African War. You shall hear all about this military campaign from your guide on this tour. Check-in early afternoon at your lodge found in the village of Hazyview. Enjoy an evening of African culture with traditional singing and dancing performed by the Shangaan, people who are the prominent ethnic group that reside in the Lowveld and the Greater Kruger National Park region. Overnight in the beautiful Sabie River Valley.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Traditional Shangaan Evening Show - Singing & Dancing


Day 4:


Depart early morning for the world-renowned Kruger National Park and a trilling full day open vehicle safari in search of the “Big 5” animals, as well as a host of other animals and wonderful creatures. Kruger is a national treasure which is known to be the most biodiverse park on earth with 140 mammals, 119 reptiles, 55 amphibians, last recorded 506 bird species and about 1980 plant species. Lunch will be served on safari at a restaurant found within the park. This evening is at leisure. Dinner can be enjoyed at your lodge’s restaurant or at one of a number of good restaurants found near your lodge in the village of Hazyview.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch


Day 5:


Our first stop today is the impressive unspoiled Mac Mac Falls with its double stream of water that tumbles into a 70 meter (230 feet) deep gorge. We then visit the “Jock of the Bushveld” memorial site to hear all about the famous dog that lived on the wagon trails of the Eastern Transvaal during the early gold rush days. From here we head to the old historical gold rush town of Pilgrim’s Rest, a museum in its entirety. After a stroll through this interesting town and a visit to Robbers Grave, we continue along the “Panorama Route” of the Transvaal Drakensberg Mountains with its breathtaking vistas. Here you can view the imposing Three Rondavels and admire the stunning scenery of the Blyde River Canyon which is one of the deepest in the world. We also pay a visit to the spectacular Bourke’s Luck Potholes and God’s Window. Lunch can be enjoyed en-route at the original famous Harrie’s Pancakes found in the town of Graskop and dinner will be served back at the lodge’s restaurant. Overnight in Hazyview.


Accommodation:  Hazyview

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 6 & 7:


Today we travel through eSwatini to Hluhluwe in Zululand. Lunch can be had en-route. eSwatini, previously Swaziland, is known as “The Switzerland of Africa” due to its picturesque beauty. This tiny landlocked country holds within it a contrasting array of ecosystems from towering mountains to low lying savannah plains and endless rain forests found nestled along the mountain and river ravines. Spend the next two days in the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park. This hilly reserve is the oldest proclaimed nature reserve in Africa and it was once the hunting grounds of Zulu Kings. It has an abundance of wildlife and became famous amongst conservationist for its breeding and protection programs of both the Black & White Rhinos. The next morning is at leisure or you could opt to take an exciting game walk in “Big 5” country with experienced rangers armed with rifles and who have excellent knowledge of the fauna & flora found within the park. You’ll get to learn some fascinating facts about the African bush on this relaxed walk which takes place in the surrounding wilderness area adjacent to your lodge. Included this afternoon is an open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger. Dinner on the first night will be served at the lodge restaurant and the next night as a traditional “braai” - barbeque prepared by your guide. Afterwards you can then relax with a drink around the campfire and listen to the night that comes to life. Overnight in the park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Day 7 - An open vehicle sunset safari with a park ranger


Optional Activity:


  • An exciting game walk in “Big 5” country


Day 8:


This morning we take a cruise on the St Lucia estuary, a lake riddled with crocodiles and hippos found within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is one of South Africa's six UNESCO world heritage sites. Depart after the cruise to Shakaland, a Zulu cultural village. Lunch will be served before your check-in to the hotel. This afternoon there is an included guided tour through the beehive hut and living museum village that was built for the production of the TV series Shaka Zulu; “The last great warrior”. This evening you will witness Zulu hospitality at its best with a traditional Zulu festival. The Zulu people are the largest ethnic group in South Africa and make up twenty percent of the country’s population. They are a proud nation of people who have a rich historical and cultural heritage. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in “The Heart of Zululand”.


Accommodation:  Eshowe

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Traditional Zulu Evening Show - Singing & Dancing


Day 9 & 10:


After a leisurely morning and breakfast, we depart for the battlefields of KwaZulu Natal. After lunch and check-in at our lodge, we visit the site where “The Battle of Blood River” took place on 16th December 1838. It was here where 464 “Voortrekkers” pioneers, armed with rifled muzzle loaders, defeated King Dingaan's mighty Zulu army. Evening at leisure. Dinner will be served at the lodge. The next morning, we meet our specialist battlefields guide. An expert in his field who will make the desolated Anglo-Zulu War encounters of Isandlwana and Rorke`s Drift come alive. Both these famous battles were brilliantly dramatised in the films Zulu Dawn and Zulu. On the 22nd January 1879 a depleted British force of about 1400, were surprised, out manoeuvred, over run and then butchered at Isandlwana by a powerful Zulu army. These fierce Zulu warriors were only armed with spears and cow-hide shields. This eerie battlefield is scattered with piles of simple white stones, marking the places where mass graves were dug almost 5 months later to bury those poor souls who were killed in action. The handful of men that survived this battle, fled across the Buffalo River to the British camps at Rorke’s Drift and for further safety to the camp at Helpmekaar (Help-each-other). Outnumbered by forty to one, the brave British soldiers stationed at Rorke’s Drift battled throughout the night against all the odds to hold off another Zulu attack. This action earned 11 Victoria Crosses, which is the highest and most prestigious honour that can be awarded to members of the British Armed Forces. The Victoria Cross (VC) is awarded for valour “in the presence of the enemy”. Rorke’s Drift is still the most number of VC’s ever awarded in British military history for a single engagement. Overnight near Dundee.


Accommodation:  Dundee

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Battlefields tour of Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift with a specialist guide


Day 11:


Depart for the Southern Drakensberg. En-route we’ll stop at the Siege Museum in the historical town of Ladysmith and at the Winston Churchill capture site, as well as the village of Howick where you find the impressive Howick Waterfall that lies on the Umgeni River. A falls that has one of the highest single drops in South Africa at 111 meters (364 feet). The last stop for the day will be Pietermaritzburg, the capital of the province of KwaZulu Natal (The place of the Zulu). Visit the “Church of the Vow” now a museum, a church that was built in His honour after that small party of “Voortrekkers”, under the command of Andries Pretorius, defeated the Zulu’s at “The Battle of Blood River”. After this visit we drive to the quaint village of Himeville, with its picturesque tree lined avenues. The village is nestled in a valley at the foothills of the Drakensberg Escarpment, a name given to the eastern region of the Great Escarpment that flows through southern Africa. Enjoy lunch en-route and dinner will be served at the hotel restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 12:


Today you can enjoy an interesting and exciting day out on a guided 4 x 4 trip up the Sani Pass to experience the country of Lesotho. This pass found in the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho is the only entry point into the country from KwaZulu Natal. The pass is also known as the “Roof of Africa”, as it is the highest road in Africa and one of the highest roads in the world. It was a rough mule trail in the early days, where traders brought wool and mohair on donkeys down the pass to Natal in exchange for blankets, clothing, and maize meal. This tour to Lesotho includes a drive-up Black Mountain to view the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana, which is the highest peak in southern Africa. We also visit a Basotho village before ending the tour with a drink in the “Highest Pub in Africa”. The pub is situated on the edge of the escarpment at the summit of Sani Pass. From the pub's deck you will find, on a clear day, one of the most spectacular views in Africa. Return to your hotel in Underberg where you then have the rest of the day at leisure. Dinner this evening will be served at the hotel's restaurant.


Accommodation:  Underberg

Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch (Packed) & Dinner


Included Activity:


  • Full day 4 X 4 Sani Pass / Lesotho tour


Day 13 & 14:


After breakfast we travel to Giants Castle Game Reserve and the stunning Central Drakensberg, also known as the “Barrier of Spears”. This region of the berg has some of the highest peaks in southern Africa, including South Africa’s highest mountain, Mafadi which rises to an elevation of 3450 meters (11 320 feet). The berg is also a place where the San (Bushmen) left their life stories in the form of paintings and drawings on the rock and in the caves scattered along the eastern slopes of the mountains. You have this afternoon and the next day at leisure during which time you could visit the Main Cave, a large sandstone cave that boasts one of the biggest and best preserved San rock art painted sites in southern Africa. Or you could hike one or more of the numerous nature trails found within the park that vary in distance and difficulty. Overnight in the Drakensberg Mountains. All meals can be had at the lodge restaurant. Breakfasts and dinners are included with your stay.


Accommodation:  Giants Castle

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Optional Activity:


  • Guided rock art tour of the Giants Castle Main Cave


Day 15:


Today we travel to the scenic Golden Gate Highlands National Park nestled in the rolling hills of the Maluti Mountains of the north eastern Free State. The park derives its name from the breathtaking tapestry of red and purple, as well as brilliant shades of gold cast by the setting of the sun on the sandstone cliffs. We’ll stop in the village of Clarens, nicknamed the "Jewel of the Eastern Free State”. There will be time for lunch and a wonder around this picturesque little town with its numerous open air art & craft markets, galleries and shops selling detailed wood carvings, artistic local stone sculptures, beaded jewellery and authentic pieces of African art. After our visit, we head for our hotel situated in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. You then have the rest of the afternoon to relax at the hotel or you could take a walk along one of the less strenuous hiking trails found near your hotel or hike the impressive “Brandwag” Mountain. Evening at leisure. Dinner will be served at the hotel. Overnight in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.


Accommodation:  Lodge - Golden Gate Highlands National Park

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 16:


A day of traveling through the picturesque Eastern Free State visiting en-route small towns such as, Fouriesburg, Ficksburg and Ladybrand. Stop for a bite to eat in the agricultural village of Zastron found near the Lesotho border. The village is situated at the foot of Aasvoëlberg (Vulture Mountain), named after the rare Cape vultures. The curious rock formation one will find in this sandstone mountain that towers over Zastron, is known to the locals as “The Eye of Zastron”. Overnight at Tussen Die Riviere / Gariep Dam Nature Reserve.


Accommodation:  Gariep

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 17:


Travel to the historical town of Graaff-Reinet, also known as the “Gem of the Karoo”. Spend the afternoon in the Camdeboo National Park and the “Valley of Desolation”. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Graaff-Reinet.


Accommodation:  Graaff-Reinet

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 18 & 19:


After breakfast and a leisurely morning, we depart for Oudtshoorn the capital of the Klein Karoo. Afternoon at leisure to relax after two days of driving. The next day we visit the spectacular Cango Caves for an easy walking tour of this magnificent underground wonder scattered with stalactites, stalagmites and flowstone formations that date back millions of years. After this guided tour we visit Safari Ostrich Farm for lunch, where you also get to learn everything and more than you might want to know about ostriches! Evening at leisure. Dinners can be enjoyed at the hotel or at a restaurant in town. Overnight in Oudtshoorn.


Accommodation:  Oudtshoorn

Meals:  Breakfast & Day 19 - Lunch


Day 20:


Travel via the “Outeniqua Pass" and the city of George to the picturesque town of Knysna. This short scenic drive reflects the great diversities of nature South Africa has to offer, with the arid Karoo to the west and the lush green vegetation & indigenous forests found on the eastern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains. We travel along the “Garden Route”, that stretches about 200 km (130 miles) from Tsitsikamma to Mossel Bay and is sandwiched between towering mountains and the Indian Ocean. The name was adopted due to the regions diverse vegetation, beautiful scenery, meandering estuaries and rugged coastline. On route we visit the “Big Tree”, a huge Outeniqua Yellowwood which is the national tree of South Africa, as well as the Tsitsikamma National Park, where you can get a bite to eat and take a short hike to the Storms River mouth suspension bridge. Our final stop for the day will be at Bloukrans Bridge, an arch bridge that stretches across a 216 meter (708 feet) deep gorge. It is here where they boast the highest bungee jump in the world. Dinner tonight will be served at a restaurant found on the Knysna Waterfront. Overnight in Knysna.


Accommodation:  Knysna

Meals:  Breakfast & Dinner


Day 21:


A morning at leisure to relax and enjoy the delightful town of Knysna. You could take a wonder around town, which is known to have a large selection of excellent craft markets and art galleries. This afternoon we take the ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve for lunch, a 4 x 4 trailer-ride tour and hike through the reserve. Evening at leisure. Dinner tonight in Knysna can be had at any one of the numerous excellent restaurants found close to your hotel on the Knysna Waterfront. Overnight in Knysna.


Accommodation:  Knysna

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch


Included Activity:


  • Tour to Featherbed Nature Reserve


Day 22:


Drive to Cape Town via the towns of Riversdale, Swellendam and the charming quaint seaside town of Hermanus, which is known to have "The best land-based whale watching in the world". Every year, between June and November, the majestic southern right whales grace the shores of the southwestern Cape. Hermanus is also a great place to get some lunch, after which we head for South Africa’s oldest city, nicknamed “The Mother City”; beautiful Cape Town is one of the great thriving port cities of the world. It is nestled between the stunning Table Bay and the majestic Table Mountain. Your evening meals over the next couple of days can be enjoyed at various excellent restaurants found in town or on the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. The rest of this evening is at leisure.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 23:


Today we take a drive around the scenic "Cape Peninsula". Drive along the Atlantic seaboard, a coastline scattered with rocky outcrops, soaring mountain peaks and pristine white beaches washed by clear turquoise blue waters. After our stop at the fishing village of Hout Bay, one of Cape Town's best kept secrets, we continue along the magnificent Chapman’s Peak Pass to the legendary Cape of Good Hope, which is the most southwesterly point on the African continent. The Cape of Good Hope nature reserve is known for its indigenous fynbos vegetation of the Cape Floral Kingdom, which is the smallest, but also the richest of the world’s six floral kingdoms. Although this reserve is famous for its flora, it is also home to the mischievous Cape chacma baboon, as well as a variety of rare animals such as the Cape mountain zebra, bontebok, eland, rhebuck and the caracal (African lynx). We then visit Cape Point, a place of mythical beliefs, as it is here where you will find the confluence of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. From here we start making our way back towards Cape Town along the False Bay coastline, stopping for lunch at a famous seafood restaurant found in Simonstown. After lunch we visit Boulders Beach penguin colony to see the endangered African penguins. On our return to the city we head for Table Mountain, where you can then (weather permitting) take the cableway to the top of this iconic mountain. The cable cars with their large glass windows rise slowly over the fabulous Mother City and Table Bay, allowing for some of the most magnificent views you will ever see anywhere in the world. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast & Lunch


Included Activity:


  • Table Mountain Aerial Cableway


Day 24:


Cape Town has so much to offer visitors and this is why you have this day at leisure to do your own thing! Relax, shop or explore the city and surrounding areas independently.


A great way to do so is to join a tour on the “hop-on hop-off bus”. One of the routes will take you out to the acclaimed Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, with its grand setting against the eastern slopes of Table Mountain or you could take the route through the city that passes South Africa’s oldest building, the Castle of Good Hope, built in 1666 and City Hall, a splendid baroque building with its balcony overlooking the Grand Parade. It was here where the great Nelson Mandela made his first public speech as a free man on his release from prison on 11 February 1990. On this tour you could also hop-off at the Moorish Bo-Kaap (Malay Quarter) or the beautiful Dutch East Indian Company Garden to see the gardens, Parliament Buildings and Tuinhuis (Garden House). Visit St. George's Cathedral, the Anglican Diocese of Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, as well as the National Art Gallery, National Museum and Planetarium.


Or


Visit the posh seaside suburb of Camps Bay, with its popular beach. Beach Road is lined with cafés, bars and restaurants. This is a great place to spend an afternoon and to get a bite to eat while watching the sun set over the South Atlantic.


Or


You may also use your free time to visit Robben Island an island found about 11 km (7 miles) off the coast of Cape Town in Table Bay. The notorious prison, located on the island, is where Nelson Mandela and other South African political prisoners were incarcerated.


Or


For the energetic, you could take a hike up Table Mountain. For the brave, you could go shark cage diving.


Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 25:


Today we tour the beautiful wine lands countryside of the southwestern Cape where you will find towering, rugged mountains, rolling valleys lined with manicured vineyards and elegant 350 year old wineries built in the unique Cape Dutch style architecture. Wine tastings can be enjoyed at various wine estates found along the Cape’s world-renowned Stellenbosch Wine Route. We will also spend some time in the picturesque and historical towns of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. Evening at leisure. Overnight in Cape Town.


Accommodation:  Cape Town

Meals:  Breakfast


Day 26:


Morning at leisure. There will be time for last minute shopping and lunch at the V & A Waterfront. Weather permitting; you could also take an optional helicopter flight over the “Cape Peninsula” before your transfer to Cape Town International Airport for you to catch your flight home.


Accommodation:  None

Meals:  Breakfast